Credit: CBS News
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will be traveling to New Hampshire next month, the state that holds the first primary in the GOP presidential nomination calendar
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DeSantis will headline the New Hampshire GOP’s annual Amos Tuck Dinner on April 14, in Manchester. The announcement was made on Fox News on Monday.
The dinner is the state Republican Party’s largest fundraising gala. Tuck is considered by many to have founded the Republican Party in the 18050s in Exeter, New Hampshire.
Fox News reported:
News of the trip by DeSantis to New Hampshire follows his jam-packed Friday swing through Iowa, the governor’s first visit ever to the state whose caucuses lead off the Republican presidential primary and caucus schedule. On Saturday, DeSantis held an event in Nevada, the state that votes fourth in the GOP calendar. Sources tell Fox News that a stop by the governor in South Carolina, which holds the third Republican nominating contest, is likely in the coming weeks.
Florida’s 44-year-old governor saw his popularity soar among conservatives across the country over the past three years due to his forceful pushback against coronavirus pandemic restrictions and his aggressive actions as a culture warrior going after media, corporations, and teachers’ unions. The governor won an overwhelming 19-point gubernatorial re-election victory in November, and in recent speeches, he has been spotlighting that his policy victories in Florida can serve as a roadmap for the entire nation.
Sources in DeSantis’ world have said that any presidential campaign launch would come in the late spring or early summer, after the end of the legislative session. However, his travels and stops have increased speculation that he will run for president in 2024.
Friday’s trip to Iowa came just days after the start of the legislative session. DeSantis aims for more conservative victories thanks to a newly elected GOP supermajority in Tallahassee.
The governor is traveling across the country talking about his “Florida blueprint” and speaking about his newly released book, “The Courage to Be Free.” DeSantis said on Friday, “I’m proud to say this is the number one best-selling non-fiction book in the country. There’s a lot of people who are very annoyed with that fact.”
DeSantis was asked about his 2024 timeline on Fox News’s “Fox and Friends” and he pointed to his book tour and the upcoming legislative session and said, “Those are what we’re going to be doing over these next few months. As we get beyond that, then we can decide from there.”
Early polling for the GOP race still shows Donald Trump in the lead, with DeSantis always trailing behind.
Former President Trump launched his third White House run in mid-November. He will return to Iowa for the first time this cycle.
Only two other people have announced their presidential candidacy. Former ambassador and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced her run. Vivek Ramaswamy, who is a multimillionaire, author, and conservative commentator has also thrown his hat into the ring. Both Haley and Ramaswamy have campaigned in recent weeks in Iowa and New Hampshire.